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Javascript Online Rich Text Editors


This comparison list the JavaScript libraries that help developers to integrate an online rich text editor in their website.

Online rich text editors allow users to easily format text the way they want directly in a browser. Formatting is usually done in a very similar way as Word processors, using buttons or drop down menus to select the font style, sizes....


WYSIWYG: These editors usually show directly the result while editing "what-you-see-is-what-you-get". MarkitUp is the exception here; this library helps to format HTML or other markup languages but do not show directly the result.

Integration mode:

  • iframe This technique use an iframe tag to integrate the content area. This allow to separate the content inside the editor from the rest of the page. This way the content styles can still match event if the edition page and target page is not the same.
  • in-place This technique allows to keep the overall layout.
  • textarea This technique use a textarea tag and result in raw text formatted as markup language (but not directly showing the result).
Alloy EditorAloha EditorCKEditorContentToolsFroala EditorjWYSIWYGMarkitUpMedium editorNicEditQuillRaptor EditorRedactorSummernoteTextbox.ioTinyMCETrumbowygWYSIHTML5XinhaYUI Rich Text Editor
Latest version2. r24 - abandoned since 2012.1.3.610. - no longer maintained2.9.0 - no longer maintained
Fecha de lanzamiento2019-10-22 2019-11-12 2019-10-23 2018-08-09 2019-08-16 2011-05-07 2018-08-16 2012-06-07 2018-03-12 2015-07-15 2015-05-17 2016-11-21 2019-06-05 2019-11-04 2015-03-16 2010-05-12 2011-04-13
LicenseLGPL-3GPLv2 / Commercial starting at 200 EURGPL 2+, CommercialMITCommercial, Paid / GPLMIT / GPLMITMITBSD 3-ClauseGPLv3 and CommercialCommercialMITCC BY-NC-ND, CommercialLGPL, CommercialMITBSDBSD
DependenciesCKEditor's engine, uses React to draw the UIindependentjQueryjQueryjQuery 1.9.1+jQuery, Bootstrap, Font-AwesomeOptional jQuery versionjQuery 1.7+The code is completely library agnosticYUI
Integration modein-placein-placeiframein-placein-place and iframein-placetextareatextareain-placein-placein-placein-place and iframein-place and iframein-placeiframeiframein-place
Output formathtml
Link insertion plugin
Link Checking Yes. Premium solution, checks link validity in real time.
Image insertion Can paste images and take camera pictures- Plugin; may not work - Upload, paste from clipboard: Yes. Paste from clipboard, drag&drop, get from URL, upload, choose from a list of images.No Can't paste from clipboard- Drag & drop, but not upload or paste - Can't paste images- Upload images; can't paste from clipboard - Paste from clipboard Yes Automatic image uploads, drag & drop, copy paste images from desktop applications, copy-paste from clipboard multi-images and text from Microsoft Word. Yes. Drag & drop. In-editor image manipulation and editing. Premium Word, Excel, web copy/paste from clipboard with multi-images. Easy integration with Tiny Drive file uploader & media management.- Can paste from clipboard or insert from URL. No option to upload.- Can't upload or paste -
Media Embed Yes. Embedding video from YouTube, Twitter posts and a lot of other reach media sources Yes. Premium solution, responsive, rich media embeds from 1,800 sources. Live previews inside editor.
Rich text paste Better thank CKEditor for the same test Powerful. Cleans up data to matches available editor features. Very configurable.No Formatting is lost Can be enabled using the editor options. No - loses all formatting Preserves formatting Yes Configurable. Enterprise can preserve or remove formatting. Yes configurable. Premium solution (PowerPaste) can preserve or remove formatting.- Almost perfect -
Table editing plugin Editing features in context menu. v3 comes with one of the most advanced table editing tools.NoNo- Can edit table content, but requires plugin to edit tables Yes Solid - Yes, solid, stable tables. Popup table toolbar or context menu.No Would need plugin -
Corrector ortográfico Uses the browser's built-in, can use CKEditor's spellcheck pluginsNo WebSpellChecker.netNo Relies on browser spell checker support Browser default spellcheckNoNoNo Uses the browser's built-inNo Not baked in but most modern browsers spell-check Uses the browser's built-in Yes On premise spell checking service, cloud spell checker available. Yes, plugin with PHP backend. Premium option in cloud or on-prem with custom dictionaries, multiple languages. Uses the browser's built-inNoNoNo
Plugins Can use almost all of CKEditor's plugins, has a few own too (for example for auto-link insertion) Add-ons Repository no public plugin directory but extensible Yes. Always growing list of open source, premium and partner plugins to extend the editor. Includes track changes and comments. Yes, 3 at the moment -
Toggle to edit HTMLNo Apparently not? Code Mirror integration for HTML highlightingNo Yep Automatic indentation & syntax highlighting. Yes. Open source HTML code view. Premium solution, IDE-like features inc code folding, syntax highlighting.No Yes but may lose formatting -
Demo web
Actualizado2019-11-14 21:46:382019-11-14 21:46:382019-11-14 21:47:322019-11-14 21:48:572019-09-25 16:26:322015-05-29 13:41:542019-11-14 21:56:042015-06-01 11:53:282015-05-29 13:41:542019-11-14 21:46:382015-05-29 13:41:542015-07-30 20:40:332020-11-24 16:54:112016-12-12 23:32:112019-06-12 21:39:272019-11-14 21:54:402015-05-29 13:41:542015-05-29 13:41:542015-05-29 13:41:54
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Mobile ReadyNo No - iOS 6+, Chrome for AndroidNo Editor is currently aimed at desktop devices. iOS, Android Yes, with a minor problem in the demo - Yes iOS, Android Yes. iOS. Android.
Minified size598 Kb, 167Kb gzipped241 kb / 49kb gzipped (figures include JS, CSS, images and fonts).140 Kb, 38Kb gzipped120 KB948 kb, 284kb gzipped383 kb, 129kb gzipped15 K
Floating toolbar Yes - see demo Yes: Yes. Yes, see the "Air mode" Yes when using inline (in-place) mode. Yes. Floating and Sliding modes.
Initialization time30 ms
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  • evawhittle on 2020-04-18 04:37:07

    I prefer TinyMCE because of its extensive features available and easy operation. Its Rich text paste plugin support is a really helpful feature which enables users to copy/paste data from any source and to ensure clean, compliant content that matches the look and feel of the site. If you are looking for an cost effective alternative to Powerpaste plugin in TinyMCE then PasteitCleaned is the best option. Very easy to use and available at an affordable price.

  • Aleksandra Nikolova on 2016-08-08 13:10:41

    I use shieldui editor - it used for rich text editing via a powerful WYSIWYG component

  • dandv on 2015-05-29 13:04:26
    suggested on WYSIHTML5 to set Nombre to WYSIHTML

    xing/wysihtml5 was no longer developed and was taken over in a fork by Voog now.

  • Manuel Aghamanoukjan on 2013-11-27 14:46:54

    Aloha Editor is GPLv2 by the way

  • Alexis on 2011-08-03 22:11:19

    Thanks for the correction. I've checked yesterday and rechecked today; I don't know how I missed it.